Library Update

Lots of mail and suggestions, both decent and not, have come in today. Just today, about 700 unique readers (as of 4:00 p.m)., have accessed the library information on this site.

My understanding at this point is that the library is indeed registered as a non-profit organization, but does not have necessary credentials with Hacienda to raise funds. Membership fees yes, gatherings and events, no. MELL is also not authorized to pay salaries as the payroll tax setup has not been done. The Board structured the non-profit in such a way that there is no input or control from the membership.

Do any of you know for sure what of this is true?

Among the more constructive suggestions to emerge today, has been that the members draft an open petition to the Board, each Board member by name, legal address and business affiliation, requesting their resignations. This petition, signed by as many members as possible, would be widely circulated.

A MELL member is drafting such a petition; it will take a few days. Whether to do this or not is up to the membership.

I hate using the passive voice, but it has been pointed out to me that the Board holds full control of MELL and can do whatever they want right now, including closing the library and selling the book collection. This would be their legal right.

We would appreciate your comments. Make them anonymous if you wish, but you must include your email address which will not be published.

Good luck to us all.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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7 Responses to Library Update

  1. Rob says:

    The Board can also sell the house and keep the proceeds if they want!

  2. Anonymous says:

    There seems to be confusion over Asociacion Civiles in Mexico. An Association Civil is a civic organization, meaning it’s not government or company sponsored, just citizens. The reason Asociaciones Civiles are registered with City Government is to have a public record of who’s who and who’s being any organization.

    Now, anyone can form an Asociacion Civil, and for just about any reason. You and I can form the Merida-to-the-Moon, A.C. to promote space travel from Merida. Great, fine. And it can be a “duly-registered” Asociacion Civil.

    THE NEXT STEP is to go City Hall and get a PERMIT to build a launching pad in my backyard! That’s a different step altogether.

    MELL is a duly-registered A.C. to create a public library to serve the community. BUT IT NEVER WENT TO HACIENDA — MEXICO’S IRS — TO GET PERMISSION TO SOLICIT DONATIONS, ISSUE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPTS AND ENJOY TAX EXEMPT STATUS.

    How does anyone know this? Simple: Hacienda has a list (called the S.A.T.) of ALL authorized nonprofit organizations! It’s a public record. Anyone can look it up.

    And when you check the S.A.T. at Hacienda — any accountant can access it online — the MERIDA ENGLISH LANGUAGE LIBRARY is not included in that list of about 375 authorized, legitimate, bona fide tax exempt organizations AUTHORIZED by the Mexican government to solicit donations, issue tax-deductible receipts and operate as a “Mexican nonprofit institution.”

    This is why when Jose Martinez stole the money, MELL couldn’t go to the authorities. The first thing the Attorney General would have said, “Oh, he stole money you raised illegally? Too bad.”

  3. Anonymous (another one) says:

    I believe this email is meant for the Board. And I most certainly did not write it. -Yenta

    I am disappointed with the B.O.D. about events at the library. ANY BOARD HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO IT’S SHARE HOLDERS, IN THIS CASE TO THE PATRONS AND VOLUNTEERS. YOU ALL SHOULD RESIGN. Why would you take keys away from the volunteers. THEY DIDN’T STEAL THE MONEY! How could you have let this money be stolen? I personally do not like the way the trend is going to convert the library into a Yucatecan library. IT IS AN ENGLISH LIBRARY. THE YUCATECANS LIKE THE FACT THEY CAN GO THERE TO LEARN SOME ENGLISH. THERE IS A PUBLIC LIBRARY ON 62 & 55.
    THE LIBRARY DOES NOT BELONG TO THE BOARD!!!!!!! IT BELONGS TO THE PATRONS WHO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY & THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE WORKED TO MAKE THE LIBRARY WHAT IT IS. THE BOARD SHOULD BE MADE UP OF NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS ONLY. YOU FIRED MARIA. THAT WAS WRONG. SHE SHOULD TAKE YOU TO COURT ON THIS. WAS THE THEFT REPORTED TO THE PROCURARIA DE JUSTICIA??????????? IF NOT, WHY NOT?
    WHO HOLDS TITLE TO THE LIBRARY PROPERTY? HOW LONG HAS THE LIBRARY BEEN REGISTERED AS A NON PROFIT? DID THE EX-PRESIDENT HAVE THE ONLY AUTHORITY TO WRITE CHECKS? WAS THERE NO CHECKS AND BALANCES IN PLACE?
    SEEMS LIKE MARIA AND THE VOLUNTEERS ENDED UP BEING THE FALL GUY.
    IS THERE SOMETHING MORE TO THIS??????????

    WHAT A CROCK!

    THIS A A SILLY EMAIL YOU HAVE SENT OUT. FOR GOODNESS SAKES. PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    • Has the board been invited to a public forum of the membership or at least invited to present to the membership, in writing, the facts as they see them? The silence coming from the board gives the appearance of impropriety. I understand a new board, drawn from the volunteers and with Lorna Gail at the head, has formed and is waiting for the old board to leave. I’d like to hear the old board’s opinion on all of this. These people were our friends and I find it hard to see them painted with evil brushstrokes. Firing Maria did seem like an illegal response to a whistle blower but I still want to know from the board why this happened. If the board feels they are not obligated to communicate with the membership then I want to hear this from them. Without a clear statement and supporting documents from the board, the membership is destined to speculate and engage in “seems thats” as they grope for solutions to a problem that is defined by innuendo. It’s time for the board to begin the dialogue to repair our home away from home.

    • yucatango says:

      The statement on this page and on the previous post that call for a “non-Mexican” board are absurd and can only hurt the library’s future and the image of English-speaking foreigners. I’m ashamed to be associated, if only by language or nationality, with people who make such statements.

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